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|The Star and Ashtead Common|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 02 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from The Star, near Leatherhead in Surrey. The Star is perfectly placed for exploring the adjacent common and on fine days there are gorgeous gardens and decking to enjoy some alfresco dining. The walking route explores the stunning Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve, with views across open countryside, large expanses of ancient woodland and pretty lakes along the way. |
The route has just a few steady but long climbs and descents. Some of the paths (including those on the first stretch to the ponds) are relatively firm tracks with just some surface mud, but after this point the woodland paths and grassy rides can become fairly soft/muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles or gates on route. You will be sharing many of the forest tracks with horse riders and cyclists. Dogs are welcome in the common as long as they are kept under control. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at The Star pub on the A243 Kingston Road, just three minutes north of Junction 3 of the M25. The Star has its own large car park. Approximate post code KT22 0DP.
|Start to Chessington View|
Start point: 51.3267 lat, -0.3274 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance (not the exit), and turn right along the gravel frontage of the pub. Cross over the Crown Estate side access lane and pass the bus stop. Just after this, cross over the main road using the designated crossing point with bollards. Keep right for a few paces and then take the first left, the tarmac access drive for D’Abernon House. This isn’t marked with a footpath sign but don’t worry, it is the formal access point for the woodland.
|Chessington View to Stew Pond|
Start point: 51.3326 lat, -0.3103 long
Take a moment to enjoy the views over the gate to the left, across the open countryside. On a clear day, if you look just to the left of the central pylon ahead, you may be able to make out the tops of the rides within Chessington World of Adventures within the trees.
|Stew Pond to Ride 38|
Start point: 51.3354 lat, -0.3031 long
Continue ahead on the bridleway, signed as the Chessington Countryside Walk. The path swings right and then climbs steadily. Just before the track bends left, turn right onto the track signed as the Summer Horseride (note the closed/open sign here simply refers to whether the track is open to horse riders and does not apply to walkers). Follow the track downhill and then take the first path off to the right.
|Ride 38 to Two Bridges|
Start point: 51.3322 lat, -0.3042 long
Turn left along this main bridleway and follow it for some distance heading steadily downhill.
|Two Bridges to End|
Start point: 51.3206 lat, -0.3089 long
If you look to the right you will see a choice of two wide grass rides. Take the left-hand of these two tracks heading into the trees, signed as Concessionary Ride 1. Follow this track (which can be a little boggy in places) steadily uphill. The track continues as a short section of stone path and then reverts again to a grassy ride.
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The dogs and I have just done this walk and we all really enjoyed it. It's nice and level and well signposted. The only bit where I nearly went wrong was "Stew Pond to Ride 38". End of para 1... take the first path off to the right. I followed this, but the track splits before it becomes the stone path that lead me to the fenced walkway with the pond. You take the left track at the fork before you get to the pond. I asked another friendly dog walker because I thought I had gone wrong, and he pointed me in the right direction. Otherwise I would have been a bit confused.
|By Justine on 2015-09-19 18:42:32|
We tried this walk on my trusted Tramper all terrain mobility scooter. All went well until we got to the narrow path past the stew pond as we hit a fallen tree which barred my way (point 2-3). However it was no problem to retrace our steps and join Ride 38 to finish the walk as per the very excellent instructions.
|By Jules19 on 2014-07-23 17:06:08|
Really enjoyed this walk! Quite relaxing and the pub staff at the end we're very nice! The dogs enjoyed this one a lot. Will definitely be going again.
|By doug21 on 2014-09-29 18:37:25|
Really pretty walk but got totally lost after stew pond. When you follow the summer horse ride, walk for quite a long way slightly uphill on a grassy track until you get to a crossroads of pathways. Then turn right and follow the path for a few minutes until it starts to bear left. At this point turn right following the sign for summer horse ride again. This should then put you back on track. It starts to go downhill. We really were totally lost!
|By lisa68 on 2015-11-13 00:15:50|
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